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The 12th overall Spartans (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) close out the regular season against Penn State (7-4, 4-4) on Saturday at home.

Panthers race equalizes home wins

Aaron Ekblad scored 2:39 in overtime Wednesday night as the Florida Panthers won their 11th straight home game, a record tied, to start the season beating Philadelphia 2-1. After a head-to-head victory in the 3v3 session, Ekblad worked a back and forth with Jonathan huberdeau, entering the winner of the low slot for his sixth of the season.

The Chicago Blackhawks – then the Black Hawks – started 11-0-0 at home in 1963-64. The original version of the Ottawa Senators franchise started 10-0-0 at home in 1925-1926, and the Montreal Canadiens did the same in 2016-17.

Kuznetsov, Ovechkin shine in Capitals win

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his seventh goal and added an assist, and Alex Ovechkin notched three assists in a game for the first time in nearly four years as Washington claimed a 6-3 win over Montreal on Wednesday night.

Dmitry Orlov, John carlson and Nic dowd also scored one goal and one assist each as Washington won its seventh of nine upon returning from a four-game trip to the West Coast. Ilya Samsonov made 25 saves while winning his seventh game in eight starts, despite his shutout streak being interrupted at 170 minutes and 13 seconds.

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